San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board pays a portion of new hire salaries

San Bernardino, CA (November 19, 2014)—The number of businesses participating in the On-the-Job Training program offered by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is on track to surpass last year’s numbers.  The On-the-Job Training program (OJT) assists workers with finding employment, and reimbursing employers that hire workers who lack experience or training. The program pays up to 50% of a new employee’s salary, saving the company money normally spent on training.

“A small business is not an institution designed to train employees,” said Greg Hudson, president of Lifetime Solutions, a plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor located in Victorville. “If I send a new employee out with a skilled technician, the technician will to have to slow down to train the new employee, so productivity may be lost. It’s more cost-effective to recruit employees with experience.” “At the same time, finding qualified, experienced employees is challenging,” added Hudson.

The WIB’s OJT program allowed Lifetime Solutions to hire three inexperienced employees in the past year. The OJT program eased the burden of new employee training. Hudson said the WIB allowed him to take a chance on people not as highly skilled who could become great employees.

The OJT program has grown exponentially as more local businesses discover how useful it is. During the most recent program year ending in July, 259 people were placed into OJT; which is an increase from 219 the prior year.

“This is the type of practical program our businesses are clamoring for,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “The number of participants is up to 90 in the first three months of this fiscal year. So, clearly this is a service that is needed by our businesses.’’

The demand for the program comes from San Bernardino County’s growing industries, which covers a range of transportation, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and energy and utilities. The wide variety of positions in these areas offers options for job seekers as they search for work in demand fields.

“On-the-Job Training represents an opportunity to use our resources to solve specific challenges our businesses face, while providing well-paying positions for our residents” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair, Janice Rutherford said.

To learn more about how On-the-Job Training can help your business, please call (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s three America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC). The AJCCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The AJCCs also support and provide services to the County’s businesses, including employee recruitment and business retention programs.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB; Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB.

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